March marks Pet Anxiety Month | giveaway
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March marks Pet Anxiety Month | giveaway

If you are worried that your dog may be suffering from some kind of anxiety, whether that is separation anxiety, noise phobias or general anxiety, it is important that you know how to spot the signs and how to help them through it.

We have teamed up with our pals at Pooch & Mutt to aid you and your pup through anxiety. We have put together a guide on how to spot their anxiety and what methods you can use to soothe them. However we always advise speaking to your vet if you have any concerns or questions about your pet’s anxiety.

Types of anxiety

  1. Separation anxiety
  2. Noise phobias
  3. Fear-related
  4. Age-related

You may be concerned that you have done something wrong which has then caused your dog to become anxious. But, it is important to bear in mind that although anxiety can be caused by lack of socialisation when they’re younger, it can also be a genetic predisposition that causes them naturally to be more scared or anxious, therefore sometimes there isn’t always a specific cause. Not to worry, there are things that can be done to help them.

Signs to look for

  1. Panting
  2. Drooling
  3. Pacing or restlessness
  4. Uncharacteristic aggression
  5. Shaking
  6. Excessive barking
  7. Destructive behaviour

If you spot one or more of these signs, try and think about the environment your dog was experiencing at the time. It may be if you’re just about to leave the house or if there are fireworks going off. Once you have identified the triggers that are causing the anxiety, you can start to implement lifestyle changes or training methods to fight the anxiety.

Training methods to research and consider include, but are not limited to, desensitisation and counter conditioning. It is also important to remember that anxiety may be increased if they have lots of excess energy. Consider taking them for a short walk before they are left alone in the house. Alternatively, brain games and mental stimulation can help entertain them and tire them out whether they are alone or you are trying to distract them from their triggers.

A simple way to help calm them is by offering a treat before you leave them or whilst they are triggered by anxiety. Pooch & Mutt offer Calming Meaty Treats, with hemp as an ingredient. It's a dog-safe ingredient that can help soothe your dog from the inside out.

Pooch & Mutt Cocker Spaniel eating treats

You can also purchase a calming plug-in that will help your home become calmer and help your dog feel more comfortable.

If your dog shows signs of anxiety speaking to your vet is the best way to see if there are any underlying health concerns that need managed, or if they can recommend a qualified behaviourist to help your pooch.

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